Heather Callaghan’s account of her own “unschooling” experience is worth reading for those who are looking into that unconventional approach to education.
It took a while for my brain to slow down the first year of not going to public school. My head was still swimming from the horrors of the earth and the burden to deal with them and “save the world.” Environmentalism, disease, slavery, holocaust, cancer, anti-drug/violence campaigns, presidential campaigns, eating disorders and maniacal cops coming in to scare us straight.
… Most of what’s in high school is complicated, unnecessary, and wasted time. The rest came from sheer desire of knowledge and reading tons of things I was passionate about. It’s amazing what intense interest can do to plow through obstacles – the obstacles being what is considered necessary information for college and adulthood. I was at college level by the time I entered a private high school to finish senior year (not necessary to do but that was one way to finish high school)… _ much more at link Heather Callaghan via Lew Rockwell
There is something odd about President Obama’s claiming that he will reduce the US Federal deficit by almost one half, in 2014. Something odd and more than a little unbelievable.
… the US Treasury department disclosed that its August deficit was a slightly better than expected $90.5 billion, compared to $103.6 billion in the year prior. What received less fanfare was that the comparable increase in debt in the month of August 2010 was $212 billion, compared to $143.6 billion a year earlier. In other words, more than twice the the deficit had to be issued in the month of August. _ Zerohedge
Got that? The deficit “came down” but the debt almost doubled over the same period of time. Much more at the link and the government sycophants’ attempt to excuse the discrepancy. Here is an immediate leap back to sobriety: What happens to the debt and deficit when interest rates start getting real?
Government numbers cannot be trusted, particularly when percolated through the mind-sewer of the skankstream media. But even with good access to raw government numbers, sifting out government lies can be difficult and time-consuming. Journalists almost never make the attempt, and economist bloggers rarely do.
The US government deficit numbers will be sliced, diced, pureed, liquefied, blended, and thoroughly fudged with BS, before being trumpeted to the public by an adoring media. And none of it can be believed.
On the topic of government lies, consider the much-hyped government shutdown that isn’t really a shutdown:
All of this whining and crying about a “government shutdown” is a total joke. You see, there really is very little reason why this “government shutdown” cannot continue indefinitely because almost everything is still running. 63 percent of all federal workers are still working, and 85 percent of all government activities are still being funded during this “shutdown”. Yes, the Obama administration has been making a big show of taking down government websites and blocking off the World War II Memorial, but overall business in Washington D.C. is being conducted pretty much as usual. It turns out that the definition of “essential personnel” has expanded so much over the years that almost everyone is considered “essential” at this point. In fact, this shutdown is such a non-event that even referring to it as a “partial government shutdown” would really be overstating what is actually happening. _Lew Rockwell
Details at the link.
The massive flow of disinformation exploding out of the media sewers can be disheartening. When combined with the fecalesque ideological indoctrination received by most school students from K-12 to University, it is a wonder that anyone is thinking clearly.
An important countercurrent to the mainstream misinformation machine, is the phenomenon known as “The Dark Enlightenment” (DE). Blogger Handle provides a bit of insight into the DE phenomenon worth reading.
After reading Handle’s piece, and in light of the almost total domination of the propagation of ideas and ideologies by the modern skankstream, it is easy to wonder what it will take to stop the broad downward spiral of so many western societies.
It seems to me that one of the keys is to stop thinking about “the world” or “society” as a whole, and to break the problem down into workable pieces. It is too easy to fall into a bog of doomerism, from which escape can be difficult and time-devouring.
Breaking problems into digestible bites should be one of the first things that each child — not just Dangerous Children — learns. Budgeting problem-solving a bit at a time, and learning to take care of them in a timely fashion, would go a long way toward developing competency.
It is no mystery why government, media, and academia tend to force us to obsess over global and national crises. Government, media, and academia are all over-bloated bureaucracies that have to stay well funded and supported by the public, or they can lose everything. A perpetual focus on crisis after crisis helps to keep the public from thinking more deeply about how they are being hoodwinked, bamboozled, and robbed blind by the powers that be.
The main purpose of this blog is to provide a place for the ultimate propagation of Dangerous Child materials, for those who are interested. One of the secondary purposes of the blog is to explore ways in which various parts of the modern infrastructure of power can be made superfluous, and allowed to wither on the vine.
The fossilized educational racket is one of those power structures. The mainstream media is another. Many of the functions of the government will grow more and more superfluous over time.
Technology will be key in replacing those sacred cows of dysfunction. But we need to start planning for the next stage now. Part of that planning involves a strategy of separation from the inevitable fallout when old line institutions start to fail.